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Wild Rabbit Chili

4.0 from 2 votes

This recipe is a result of a hunting trip to the eastern part of San Diego County during the opening week of rabbit season in California.

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Wild Rabbit Chili

Recipe by Justin Townsend
4.0 from 2 votes
Course: DinnerCuisine: American


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  • 2 lbs ground rabbit meat, approximately 3 rabbits deboned

  • 2 large onions, diced

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 large bell pepper, diced

  • 3 cans pinto beans or 5 cups of homecooked pinto beans

  • 2 cans diced tomatoes or 7 tomatoes, skinned and roughly chopped

  • 4 small cans of tomato sauce

  • 1/2 cup chili powder

  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder

  • salt to taste


  • In a large pot on medium heat, add the onions, garlic, and bell pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground rabbit meat and cook until it’s brown. (if using the fresh chopped tomatoes then add them with the meat to cook before adding the remaining ingredients.)
  • Add the pinto beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, ground black pepper, garlic powder, and salt to taste.
  • Mix the ingredients and simmer on low heat for 15 – 20 minutes.

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Justin Townsend

Justin (Choctaw) is an avid hunter, angler, and chef whose passion for the outdoors lead him to create Harvesting Nature in 2011. He continues to hunt, fish, and cook all while sharing his experiences with others through film, podcasts, print, and with recipes. He also proudly serves in the United States Coast Guard.

4 thoughts on “Wild Rabbit Chili

  • This is a great recipe and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves chili.

    • If you like this recipe then check back next week for some awesome fresh fish recipes from North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.

  • Made this this weekend and it was DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing the recipie. I don’t have a meat grinder, so I cut the meat up into very small pieces and it turned out great.

    • Chloe Malone

      Perfect! Glad I read your comment because I also don’t have a grinder. Can’t wait to try this!


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